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Hull clubs in controversial move to merge academies

Hull FC and Hull KR are to risk the wrath of their fans by casting aside their fierce rivalry to merge their youth development systems.

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In a controversial move, the Super League clubs are to combine their academies from 2016 at a new set-up based at Bishop Burton College, the home of Hull City's academy.

The clubs have yet to come up with a name for the under-16 and under-19s teams but have agreed they will play in the neutral colours of yellow and blue while progress to the first teams will be determined by a draft system.

The move has been welcomed by the Rugby Football League.

It is in no way, shape or form a pre-cursor to a full merger between the clubs. We have always been outspoken about the pride, passion, history and rivalry that exists between the two sides and that will never change.

– Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell

We often shout about Hull as a hotbed of rugby league talent, a founding home for the sport, but the harsh reality is that the talent pool is smaller than it once was. The base cost of running successful academies of this nature is growing and the opportunity to spend quality and focused development time with our young athletes faces numerous challenges.

– Hull FC owner Adam Pearson

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Yorkshire's Adil Rashid named in Ashes Test squad

Uncapped leg-spinner Adil Rashid is the surprise inclusion in England's 13-man squad for the first Investec Ashes Test in Cardiff next week.

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The Yorkshireman was not a part of the 14-man training squad that travelled to Spain for four days as part of a bonding trip with new head coach Trevor Bayliss, which was widely viewed as an indicator of the squad the hosts would choose to take on Australia at SSE Swalec.

Seamers Mark Footitt and Liam Plunkett, who did travel to Almeria, miss out, with England including the full XI that played in both Tests against New Zealand earlier in the summer, plus Rashid and paceman Steven Finn.

Leeds sign young Leicester striker

Leeds United have signed Chris Wood from Leicester City on a four-year deal.

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Wood, 23, arrives at Elland Road for an undisclosed fee.

The New Zealand international becomes United’s fourth summer signing following the additions of Charlie Horton, Lee Erwin and Sol Bamba earlier this month.

Wood, who joined Leicester from West Brom in 2013, scored 20 times during his 62 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes.

He’s physical, strong and experienced in this league. He has potential to develop and has his best years in front of him. It’s exciting. He already has a proven goalscoring record and I think there are many goals to come. We think that he is the right player.

– Uwe Rosler

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